Le’Veon Bell hints at interest in Kansas City Chiefs
One of the most explosive offenses in NFL history lost its star running back last season just over a month before the playoffs kicked off. The Kansas City Chiefs went on to play well without Kareem Hunt, of course, pushing the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to overtime in the AFC championship game, but could certainly use some additional help in the backfield nonetheless.
Might Le’Veon Bell be the one to provide it? Based on the excitement the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back shows at the prospect of joining Kansas City in a social media post by Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones, it certainly seems a realistic possibility.
Le'Veon Bell to Kansas City?!?!
— BBQ Chiefs (@barbecuechiefs) March 6, 2019
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced in late February that the team would not use the franchise tag on Bell this offseason, making him a free agent. Reports emerged earlier this week that Kansas City, which led the NFL in both points and total yards last season, had hopes of adding even more offensive firepower in free agency, leading to speculation that the team could target Bell.
The three-time Pro Bowler sat out the entirety of the 2018 season after Pittsburgh designated him with the franchise tag for the second year in a row. Though both player and team initially hoped to work out a long-term contract that would keep him in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future, those talks deteriorated leading up to the regular season, further frustrating Bell.
After releasing Hunt in late November following the release of video that showed him assaulting a woman, the Chiefs relied mostly on veteran Damien Williams to pick up his slack. The five-year pro was surprisingly effective in that role, twice surpassing 100 yards of total offense in December and rushing for 129 yards and a score on 25 carries in Kansas City’s playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts.